figures show 25 people died on Somerset's roads during 2016
figures released this week by Somerset County Council show that
25 people were killed in 23 fatal collisions on the county's roads
council says this was an increase by three fatal casualties from
the 2015 figure of 22, although fewer than in previous years and
lower than the targets set by the council as part of its long-term
aim for a sustained reduction in casualties.
Councils road safety team receives reports following any injury
accidents recorded by the police and carries out its own research
to identify trends and look for ways to improve safety across Somersets
4,000 miles of roads.
data is also used to compile the comprehensive annual Road Casualty
Review which will be published later in the year. However, the initial
findings for fatalities are released now to raise awareness.
2016, eight of the deaths were on urban roads, 14 were on rural
roads with the remaining three on trunk roads (the M5, A303 or A36)
which are also classed as rural.
analysis shows that 70 per cent of the fatal collisions involved
cars, 13 per cent motorcycles, 13 per cent pedestrians and 4 per
cent HGVs. Of the casualties, 64 per cent were drivers, 24 per cent
passengers and 12 per cent were pedestrians.
terms of ages, 44 per cent of the casualties were over the age of
59, 16 per cent were between 40 and 59, 20 per cent 25 to 39, 16
per cent in the 16 to 24 age group, and one casualty was younger
than 16 years old (4 per cent).
David Fothergill, Somerset County Councils Cabinet Member
with responsibility for Road Safety, said: "Publishing these
figures each year helps raise awareness of road safety and really
emphasises how important it is that we all think carefully about
our actions during every journey."
the general trend in recent years has been for fewer people killed
on our roads, the fact that three more people died in 2016 than
in 2015 is a cause for concern."
will be looking carefully at the data in detail to identify if there
are areas where we can carry out work to improve safety be
that through education or by physical measures on our roads."
work with many partners who also aim to reduce the dreadful toll
of people who are killed and injured in collisions on our roads
and will continue our efforts to improve safety in 2017 and beyond."
latest Department for Transport figures, the 23 fatal collisions
are estimated to have cost more than £46 million* in damage
and lost output, not including the emotional impact of the irreplaceable
loss of a family member.
Road Safety provides advice to thousands of people every year through
educational events and also runs Bikeability courses for school
children and trains School Crossing Patrols. The team also supports
companies through the Mind Your Business programme and has more
than 2,400 subscribers through Facebook and Twitter, generating
an average in excess of 7,000 impressions each week. Please visit
www.somersetroadsafety.org for more details.
Councils Small Improvement Schemes programme helps to resolve
community concerns and road safety problems by providing engineering
solutions at priority sites. For more information, please visit